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Fresco By Scotto Restaurant - 37 Reviews - 34 E 52nd St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 935-3434

Fresco By Scotto Restaurant

34 E 52nd St (at nr. Madison Ave.)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 935-3434
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I loved every part of my meal at Fresco by Scotto when I went for my friend's birthday last week. The ingredients were fresh and the service was so helpful. I had a spring salad t...


This was our first time eating at Fresco's on the Go. We ate there on Good Friday. I was excited about going since I'd seen the family cook wonderf...

Disappointed 4/6/2012

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This was our first time eating at Fresco's on the Go. We ate there on Good Friday. I was excited about going since I'd seen the family cook wonderf... more

Totally unprofessional. 3/19/2012

The staff thinks they are doing you a favor. Totally unprofessional. more

Perfect Spring Menu 6/7/2011

I loved every part of my meal at Fresco by Scotto when I went for my friend's birthday last week. The ingredients were fresh and the service was so helpful. I had a spring salad that was light and fresh... a perfect way to start a meal. I also thoroughly enjoyed the salmon. It tasted fresh and light. The seasonal fruits were the perfect way to end my light spring meal more

Tuscan dining at it's best 4/23/2011

There is no more elegant, attentive and warm host in NYC than Anthony Scotto of Fresco by Scotto. Combined with the delicious Tuscan cuisine he serves (the baked ricotta is a must), you've got a truly wonderful dining experience. The ideal location, superb wine list and the nightly star sightings makes Fresco required dining in NYC! more

Do yourself a favor and go to Fresco !!! 4/22/2011

I love this place!!!!!!! This is where I would want to bring people to impress with awesome food and service. The hostess was genuinely hospitable, the bar staff was super busy but attentive and friendly, ( the Italian apple martini was devine), and this was just the beginning. It was date night for my husband and I, which we never have, and the whole dining experience was excellent. The sommelier ( I think his name was Brett), helped with our wine selection, and I was pleased he didn't just try to sell anything expensive. The place was buzzing. Our waiter Marco was very professional, and the entire staff made us feel like we were a guest in their home. Even the owner graciously walks around to make sure all of the guests are happy. We will definitely be back next date night. more

Amazing!! 4/21/2011

I took my wife out to dinner last week and we had a great time. more

I Love This Place! 4/21/2011

The first time I ate here was in 2006, and I come back as much as I can. I feel like I am welcomed into the Scotto's home when I am there. There are almost always celebrities around, and the food is delicious! Must eat there!!!! more

Decent food, but at what cost? 2/24/2010

The food was good, however, make sure you check you bill before you leave. We ordered 3 desserts to share amongst our party and they sent us for 10! They kept bringing desserts out, so we assumed they were being very gracious. The next business day I called to let them know they charged me for 7 additional desserts I did not order I did not dispute it that night because I did not want to make a scene in front of my guests, also we sent back drinks that were unacceptable which we were also charged for. I took this up with the owner, and she was very rude, I was so shocked to have been spoken to so disrespectfully and to be yelled at by a supposed professional. She contradicted herself several times as she yelled at me and then told me if I wrote a bad review she would argue that I ?threatened? her. Are you serious? This restaurant and its owner are only after money and have no ethics or human decency. They take advantage of large parties in hopes that you will not carefully review your bill. Save yourself the time and money and don?t go there!!! Pros: food is good Cons: Waiter will add items you didn't order to your bill more

Decent date night 11/5/2009

Took my girfriend there for her birthday last year and was slightly satisfied with the night. The food was decent while the service was excellent. The waitress knew the menu inside and out and made suggestions based on what we were saying and how we were reacting to the choices. On the night we were there it was a bit touristy, but then again, it is Midtown Manhattan. I'd recommend it for a night out with the wife/girlfriend if you're doing something else after (movie/drinks, etc.) Pros: Good staff Cons: Ok food, tourist-trap more

Great food, friendly staff, fun atmosphere 5/24/2008

The pasta is fantastic, the special pizzas are scrumptious and the bolognese sauce is to die for. The place is loud, but a lot of fun and a place to watch people. The staff always goes the extra mile to ensure that it's a perfect evening. more

Don't go to Fresco 1/21/2008

Waste of money, BAD food. Under-cooked shrimp, fatty lamb, jarred sauce, and a frozen solid ball of tasteless ice milk they call ""tiramisu gelato"" for desert. Mixed drinks made incorrectly and with little to no alcohol in them. Four dollar breadsticks. Tourist trap. more

Over ambitous glop strictly for the tourists 1/9/2008

Glorified Pizzeria food at top dollar prices, the menu is over ambitious some of the food was so heavy we could not eat it, and good calamari can be had almost anywhere at half the price- don't bother it is for the tourists! 12/08 more

Fresco- What a Disappointment. 12/14/2007

We arrived on time for an 8pm reservation. It was for a party of two. We were told we could have an immediate table in the bar or wait 10 or 15 minutes for a table in the main dining room. We elected the later and at 8:30pm, I asked Mrs Scotto how much longer. She replied table #13 was just paying and it should not be too much longer. Forty-five minutes after our reservation, we were seated at a table. Surprisingly, we were NEVER offered a cocktail for our troubles. Our waiter arrived and did our drink order. We requested 2 chardonay's, and were told they had nothing by the glass in chardonay. We settled for pinot instead. The tables are VERY close and tight. When the man next to us went to leave, he accidently spilled an entire glass of water on another patron. It went on the male diner, his briefcase, and all over the table. Good thing it was not red wine. Both apologized but realized it was due to the closeness of the tables. When this table was turned, the hostess was standing between our table and theirs and her long sweater hung dangerously close to our candle. So close it almost caught on fire. Talk about a hot evening! We ordered one appetizer, 2 pasta entree's and a dessert, and left the restaurant 3 hours after our scheduled reservation. This was not our choice; the kitchen seemed slow and overwhelmed. As a busy NYer who eats out most nights, I had not been here for many years. I now know why. There are better choices in mid town. As an executive in the service industry, who works in mid town, I will never go back or recommend to my clients. Pros: None. Cons: Noisy and crowded more

Horrible service 11/18/2007

I recently had a business lunch at Fresco. The food was good but I was extremely disappointed by the quality of service. The waiter (Vinnie) had the nerve to approach my colleague and I not more than 5 minutes after we paid our check and in a condescending way ""informed"" us that there was a second seating. Our entire lunch was not even an hour and already they were ushering us out the door. I was so angry that when I got back to the office, I called the restaurant and asked to speak to the manager. I was told he was busy and that he would call me back. I have yet to hear from him. Needless to say, I will not be dining at Fresco anytime soon. more

Excellent food & service 8/8/2007

I was a bit learly based on some things I had read, but my client wanted italian food & the location was perfect. Pros: Food Cons: very noisy more

Good food, Good service = high prices 7/10/2007

My mother decided we should eat here after seeing the Scotto's on one of the morning shows. We made reservations for Saturday night at 7. We actually arrived a bit before 7 and were seated upon arrival. The restaurant was not too full and we were seated at a neat table almost in the middle of the dining room. Our party of 4 consisted of two 11 year old children. They did not have a childrens menu, but the waiter did assure us that the servings would not be huge. And they weren't. Pros: Excellent food, excellent wine list, serving size Cons: Prices more

Good Lunch Spot 6/28/2007

The restaurant is usually packed so this is a good place to grab lunch. The opposite of serene, Fresco is bustling so if you're looking for relaxing, go elsewhere. However, thier prices are great given the portion size and quality (also given midtown lunch prices) and it's a great spot. The only upside to the bustling is that even though it looks really full, turnover is so quick that finding a seat shouldn't be a problem. Try the lasagna, it's delish. Pros: Good food & prices Cons: Too hectic at times more

price switching de rigueur at fresco 6/22/2007

As a New Yorker who lived in Italy for 4 years, I was expecting good food and excellent service, as indicated by the previous reviews. What I got was nasty attitude and price switching, so please be aware. My friend and I entered the restaurant late Thursday evening. We told the waiter that we had already eaten but wanted something light. We both ordered appetizers and the waiter asked, ""Do you want this as your entree?"" I explained (again) that we had already eaten but were still a little hungry, and that we would not be eating anything else. ""OK, as an entree, then,"" he said, which I took to mean as the only course. Cons: price switching, bad attitude more

Average Italian 3/7/2007

If you are a NY native there are many other fine Tuscan restaurants with better food and service for the money. We arrived on time for our reservations, to be left to wait while a table actually opened. While waiting at the small bar for a table to open, not one of the multiple bartenders offered any service. Once seated the service was fine and the pasta dishes were good. They have a decent wine list that is heavily marked-up. While not a bad meal over all, the restaurant has no atmosphere and the laissez-faire attitude of the host leaves something to be desired. Given that the place is packed primarily with tourists that generate no repeat business it is no wonder that the service is lacking. Pros: Decent pasta, good wine choices Cons: Touristy at least on the weekends, poor service, poor value more

Not impressed... 12/5/2006

Went here on Fri night w/my aunt, uncle and their 2 teenage boys. We had 6pm reservations. Hostess was extremely polite at the reception area. Our table was against the wall w/2 seated on chairs and 3 of us on the bench seat. Luckily my one cousin is only 13 and skinny otherwise it would have been a tight squeeze for 3 adults on the bench side. Who seats 5 at a table really meant for 4??? FYI the entire place has a cramped type style seating wise. Our waiter had the personality of a wet mop. Practically had to chase him down everytime to get another glass of wine and he made it seemed as though we were always bothering him. Took forever to come take our order. Ate crab cake and the zuchinni chips w/melted gorganzola for apps. Chips were really good... crab was so so. My entree was the penne w/bolognese sauce. It was brought out cold and the sauce was ALL meat... felt as though I had just browned meat on top of my penne and it had no taste. They also brought out all our entrees at different times and not together... we're talking at least 10 minutes apart. Very strange and annoying. My aunt had the seafood raviolis which she was disappointed with. My uncle had the canelloni w/rabe and sausage. That was just okay. My cousin who's a picky eater wound up getting the margharita pizza app for an entree. FYI they sprinkle TONS of parsley ALL over it which made him not want to eat it then. My other cousin ate the same as I did. Overall we felt disappointed with the whole experience and the sticker shock in the end didn't help matters... $277 plus tip for 5 people and we didn't even order dessert! Waaaaaaaaay overpriced. Definitely wouldn't return. Pros: Zucchini chips appetizer is good, nice hostess Cons: Way too cramped, food is served cold more
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  • The focus is on Tuscan cuisine with a modern slant at this midtown haunt.

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm Sat 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Diner's Club, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown Center, Midtown